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>>> thanks for starting your weekend with us. i'm chris gordon. >> i'm angie goff. thanks for starting this day on saturday, february 18th. we begin with a target against the capitol. >> the washington, the capitol, and the suspect, amine applebee'elka li el khalifi. he was given a suicide vest and cell phone and rifle, both inoperable and provided by the fbi. they had been watching him since december and he had carried out a test explosion with the fbi in virginia. he is now charged with trying to carry out a weapon of mass destruction. >> the president was told of the arrest but for everyone else on the hill it came as a surprise. it disrupted the afternoon for everyone around constitution avenue. many were surprised to hear of the plot but most relieved by the outcome. >> it's pretty intense what's going on in this country and a lot of security and a lot of people are nervous. >> it's shocking to hear about it but pleasing to know they were on top of it. >> people inside the capitol were never evacuated or warned about anything. >> within minutes of the arrest, federal
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locations in northern virginia. chris gordon visited the starbucks store in sterling as both sides of a gun debate. >> reporter: these gun advocates are armed and spending the day buying coffee at this starbucks in sterling, virginia. ed levine called on gun owners around the country to support starbucks on valentine's day after some gun opponents had called for a boycott because starbucks allows customers to open-carry handguns in states like virginia where it's legal. >> i've got a kim better 1911 a 1911 .45 on my hip had. i've got an i love guns and coffee button and shirt and i've got a guns saves lives sticker. >> reporter: he's paying for coffee with $2 bills symbolic of the second amendment, the right to bear arms. but the grade di campaign to prevechbt gun violence has long opposed the policy of allowing guns in stores. >> two years ago we delivered about 40,000 petitions to the starbucks headquarters in seattle letting them know they needed to change their policy to a no-gun policy. they have not yet, but we still suggest they do that. i think most people in this country want them
's 7:26, on this saturday, february 18th. i'm chris gordon. we begin with breaking news out of fairfax, county. police are looking for a car that hit a pedestrian and took off. it happened in lorton, virginia. no word on the victim's condition or identity. in other news, former prince george's executive jack johnson reports to federal prison in north carolina today. last night, he pleaded guilty to corruption charges for taking bribes from businessmen and the judge sentenced him t ♪ [ male announcer ] from our nation's networks... ♪ ...to our city streets... ♪ ...to skies around the world... ♪ ...northrop grumman's security solutions are invisibly at work, protecting people's lives... [ soldier ] move out! [ male announcer ] ...without their even knowing it. that's the value of performance. northrop grumman. >>> let's go to storm center-4 and chuck bell. >> thank you. we're still waiting for our storm to come closer to us, still way down in texas and the latest computer guidance suggests it's going out to sea, further down to the south, not good news for snow lovers. temperatur
chris gordon has our story. >> reporter: wood row wilson high school spent $115 million in renovations. it is now a green building, student grades are improving and so is attendance, look at the sidewalk and you'll see hundreds of black spots from gum that's chewed and carelessly tossed away. the principal's message sent home for the week urges students to respect the school saying, i spent two hours scraping gum off the atrium floor last week. if there's something weird and it don't look good. >> who you going to call? gum busters. >> and you're chewing some right now? >> yes, i am. >> dwayne cummings owns gum busters. he says the dry steam cleaning system is fast, effective and it's environmentally friendly. >> we'll with use anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 gallons of water a day, i use 5. the gum emulsifies and stays where it is, drys up. >> some people seeing this for the first time are not sure what to make of it. >> what do you think they're doing behind on the sidewalk? >> i think they're killing any plants on the sidewalk. >> they're actually removing chewing gum. >> that's the fi
'll hear from the school superintendent ahead. i'm chris gordon, i'll have the report and reaction. >>> you could be forced to pay more the next time you buy something online. >>> the caps getting ready for a fight with florida here at verizon center tonight. wall, a wonder for the wiz and it is a hero's welcome for the super bowl champion, new york giants in >>> this is the first time so far in the republican presidential race that more than one state had a primary or caucus on the same day. today voters are going to the polls in minnesota, missouri and colorado. as they vote, the candidates are arguing over a new issue. it involves the new health care law and birth control. steve handlesman has our report. >> rick santorum figures this could be the start of a comeback. >> if you're looking at the polls today could be a very good day for the conservatives among us. >> reporter: today's voting is already underway. santorum's catholic social conservatism helped him win iowa, now he has a perfect issue. the new rule by the obama department of hhs requiring religiously affiliating employers li
. i'm angie goff. >> i'm chris gordon. february 25th. a developing story out of prince george's county where seven firefighter have been injured battling a house fire. it broke out in riverdale. one firefighter remains in critical condition, another in serious condition but with major burns. a third firefighter is hospitalized with broken ribs and four of the injured firefighters have been released from the hospital. investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire. >> we're also following two breaking news stories this morning. the first in montgomery county, where a pedestrian was hit wby car in aspen hills. police are not saying much about the accident. they have not said who the victim is or if the vehicle involved remains on scene. >>> our breaking news story this morning is out of south africa, where nelson mandela is in the hospital. the former south african president is being treated for a stomach ailment. there is no word on his condition or if doctors know what's causing the issue. the 93-year-old mandela spent several days in the hospital last year with resp
>>> thanks for starting your weekend with us. i'm chris gordon. i'm angie goff. welcome to news for today on this saturday, february 4th. we're following breaking news. police of descended on d.c. occupy camp ordering them to break down their tents and other structures. derek, what's the scene now? >> reporter: it was relatively calm until 20 minutes ago when mounted police officers moved in. they came from north 15th street in the area of lafayette park and surrounded the central part of the park. if you take a look out there. there are police officers in riot gear. what's happening now is the protesters had barricaded themselves around the tent of dreams, that is the mcpherson statute at the center of the park. they are now surrounded by mounted police and police in riot gear. it sounds like they are taking down some of the impromptu barricades set up by the demonstrators. there had been rumors and general sense something would happen today. they thought it would happen a lot earlier. about 25 minutes ago, we did have police move into the park. police have set up roadblocks in
. >> and i'm chris gordon. >> the wait is almost over. after more than a week of anticipation, super bowl sunday is finally here. >> and of course, you can catch the big game right here on nbc 4 tonight. our own tracie potts has been in indianapolis all week, and she joins us now live. tracie. >> reporter: hi, chris and angie. good morning, everyone. we're just outside lucas oil stadium, where we expect in the next couple hours we'll start to see lots of crowds, just like we've seen all weekend. keep this in mind, just under 70,000 people can fit in this stadium, but hundreds of thousands of people have come to indianapolis to be around the nfl atmosphere. the nfl experience and the super bowl village. and we've seen those crowds. last night wasn't so bad. they've been coming down for free concerts and other activities. but on friday night, it was described as a mob scene. there were 11 people who got injured. fortunately, not too badly. there were 22 people who were arrested. and you know, when you consider hundreds of thousands of people, those numbers really don't look too bad. now, ba
an end to that idea. chris gordon reports. >> we are all standing here strong together. we are gonna fight this together as one, thank you. >> reporter: the maryland association of counties is banding together to send a message to governor martin o'malley to stop the teacher pension shift, a massive and immediate shift from the state to its counties and cities to pick up the burden of paying $240 million toward teacher pensions. >> this shift comes, there will definitely be cuts. >> where? >> have to look at across the board. >> reporter: we are told school children will be hurt by the cuts in arts, libraries and social services. teachers and mothers neighboring howard county could be laid off. >> not just teachers it is police officers, firefighters, yeah, i mean if this shift happens the way that it's proposed, everything's on the table, layoffs, furloughs, reductions in salaries. >> reporter: shifting teachers' pension would cost montgomery county an additional $47 million to pay for teacher pensions. >> the impact in montgomery county would be devastating, we simply cannot easily
county. >> tonight we're hearing new details about what led up to the bloody confrontation. chris gordon has our report. >> the two heavily damaged vehicles were towed away after crash landing in a drainage ditch following a fight and stabbing. it started on route 3 north when the 44-year-old man who was driving the ford explorer and his wife got out and exchanged seats. andy bailey who works on route 3, tells us what he saw. >> the wladdy got out of the passenger side, she was walking toward the driver's side of the vehicle. she got to the back of the vehicle for a couple seconds or something, and ran around and jumped in the passenger side and that's when we saw the two vehicles -- the pt cruiser drove off and it was honking the horn. >> reporter: the man driving the ford explorer with his wife and children inside. >> words were exchanged, they continued for a couple intersections, that's when the driver of the ford explorer exited his vehicle, approached the passenger. that's when the passenger subsequently stabbed the driver of the ford explorer. >> reporter: anne arundel county poli
4 today." i'm chris gordon. >> i'm angie goff. happy saturday. the time now, 6:31. here's a look at our top stories. fairfax county police are investigating a robbery spree. police say there were four robberies within a two hour time span, all within five miles of each other thursday night. police are trying to figure out if the crimes are connected. >>> two 12-year-oxii-year-old g in serious condition after being hit by a van in montgomery county. it happened in gaithersburg. >>> protesters will hold another protest at the cpac conference. about 100 held a protest yesterday. today, demonstrators will march from malcolm x park to the marriott. the march starts at noon. >>> police in culpepper are investigating a deadly shooting involving one of their own. it happened on north east street thursday. an officer killed a woman in an altercation in a school parking lot. there are questions if that actually happened. >> reporter: 4-year-old pat cook, a retired cosmetologist, shot and killed by a culpepper police officer. it happened in the parking lot of a catholic school. they say som
system as a substitute. this is chris gordon, news4. back to you. >> chris, thank you. >>> remains found in a maryland state park are confirmed to be those of a miss prince george's county woman. 29-year-old crystal anderson was last seen on july 26th after someone dropped her off at gas station in forestville in january. a hiker found partial remains at state park in charles county. yesterday, medical examiners identified the remains as anderson. it is not yet clear what led to her death. er andson's mother told news4 her daughter said she had good news to share the night she disappeared. that conversation never happened. >>> police are asking for help in finding a group of happen vandals who caused serious damage to a mosque in fairfax county that sunder construction in shan tilly. investigators say last moment they broke every custom win don't building. damage is estimated at more than $170,000. police believe young people may be involved. they found several empty alcohol bottles in nearby woods a cash reward is being offered in this case. >>> police in montgomery county say drivers h
, the boy's mother spoke exclusively with chris gordon. >> reporter: 10-year-old deandre davis is a fifth grade who hopes to someday become an engineer. he attended lake arbor elementary school since kinder garnt. a male substitute teacher in english class felt deandre was misbehaving, talking in class after he was asked to stop. deandre's mother says the substitute teacher assaulted her son. >> the scuffle amounted to him forcefully grabbing my son and pushing him to the ground several times. he tried to physically remove him from the classroom in a manner that his glasses fell off his face and he was thrown out into the hallway onto the floor. >> your reaction, as a parent? >> i was devastated. i was shocked. >> reporter: the principal here at lake arbor elementary school informed parents through a recorded phone call that the teacher has been remove and will not substitute here at this school again. >> he woke up this morning and he asked if the substitute teacher was going to hurt us and i told him, no. >> meaning what, come here? >> come here or come to the school, so i kept him home
>>> hello, everybody. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm angie goff. >> and i'm chris gordon. it is sunday, february the 19th. weather a big story. now, there used to be an ad that said it is not nice to fool mother nature. >> that's right. >> this weekend, it isn't mother nature that's doing the fooling. >> yes. with each successive computer run, the storm we've been following all week long, it's a little bit further behind schedule and it's a little further to the south. and for snow lovers, ugh, you know, let's just pretend we never had any expectation to get anything at all, and that way, if we get something today, it will seem good. >> it's all about the mindset. >> you have to go into this storm expecting absolutely zilch, which is what a lot of people are going to get. then maybe for us snow lovers, maybe half an inch in washington is as good as we can do. outside right now, just a veil of high clouds overhead and temperatures are not all that cold. mid-to-upper 30s around town. a little colder into northern maryland. 27 frederick, 29 hagerstown, 28 cumberland, marylan
. chris gordon is in our newsroom with more from his coach and teammates. >>> rico webb was 17. now, parents of his teammates tell me they remember him as a gentle giant because of his size. but dematha football players say rico was the enforcer. the dematha stags are known as one of the most dominant football teams in the region and one of the reasons this year was the play of senior lineman rico webb simply put he moved people out of the way. a national signing day rico webb accepted a football scholarship to play for alabama state. he was staying in shape in the off-season. >> my son was currently working out with rico about three days a week and we last saw him on thursday. >> reporter: rico webb was here at dematha saturday. he called his father to say he wasn't feeling well. his father picked him up, took him to the hospital. but he died on sunday. >> rico, you know, he was a great player for us. 6'7", 300 plus pounds. ferocious, offensive lineman. you know, his better playing days in my opinion were ahead of him. so he had a bright future. >> reporter: in the hallway entrance
morning, i'm chris gordon. >> and i'm angie goff. welcome to "news 4 today" this sunday, february 5th. the occupy d.c. camp is quiet this morning after a rowdy and sometimes violent clash between protesters and police. >> now, authorities say a protester hit a park police officer with a brick yesterday. news 4's derrick ward joins us now live from mcpherson square. derrick, what is the latest? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you, it was quiet up until about 5:00 a.m. this morning, and that's where you kind of see what's going on behind me now. that's when that started. now, u.s. park police are saying that this is a continuation of the effort that
, everyone. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >>> welcome to "news 4 today," everyone. i'm angie goff. >> and i'm chris gordon. it is sunday, february 19th. precipitation, when, where and how much? that's the question and we've got the man to answer, perfect. >> some flakes. >> emphasis on countable flakes, you know? we've had to use the term conversational snow a lot this winter, and that's kind of more or less what we're facing again today. but rather than call it the same old thing, we'll just call it a few flakes. >> it's still snow. >> still snow and not a lot of it, no doubt. with each computer run, the storm is estimated to go further down to the south, and for every mile it goes to the south, it
. good morning, everyone. it is 8:26 on sunday, february 12th. i'm chris gordon. and topping your news for today, vdot officials are investigating a highway sign that fell and landed on a pickup truck. it happened yesterday on i-66 and monument drive in fairfax county. the sign was more than 30 feet tall and had a 28-foot arm that extended over the interstate. luckily, the driver of the pickup truck was not injured in the incident. >>> henderson elementary school is hoping to reopen tomorrow after a confirmed norovirus outbreak. the prince william county, virginia, school is closed this weekend as crews try to disinfect it. on friday, the health department confirmed the presence of the virus after several students and teachers were suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhea. school officials sent letters out to parents asking that anyone with symptoms stay home for at least a day. we'll have a look at the forecast next. okay, people, let's get started. pete, did you forget yours? me pete, me use pen! (laughter) sorry i'm late, i was in the 16th century looking for pete's pen. (laughte
, february 26th. i'm chris gordon. and topping your news for today, montgomery county police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian and drove off. it happened yesterday morning near westbury road in rockville. friends told police alonzo rodriguez was last seen getting out of a car that stopped on norbeck road. another vehicle later hit and killed him. if you saw anything that might help with this case, you're asked to call the montgomery county police. >>> alexandria is now one step closer to redeveloping its waterfront. the city council voted in favor of incorporating a previously approved plan into its master plan. it calls for new parks, hotels and shops along the historic waterfront. the ordinance is one of two that must be passed before any construction can happen. the other would implement waterfront zoning changes. it can't move forward until an appeal is heard. critics say waterfront development will cause traffic problems and take away from the city's unique character. >>> and ryan zimmerman will remain a washington national for a long time. "the washington post" is rep
. >>> welcome to "news4 today." i'm angie goff. >> i'm chris gordon. we're following breaking news out of the district. u.s. park police entered the occupy d.c. camp this morning at mcpherson square to enforce the law against camping overnight at federal parks. protesters were not evicted but did remove the tent of dreams that was erected over the statute of general mcpherson. news4's derrick ward has been on the scene. what's happening right now. >> reporter: things again have calmed down. there is still a park police presence at the center of the park, as you can see there. they have returned to the relative calm that has been the occupation since october pretty much. we want to show you video from early this morning. before dawn, morning did break on about a dozen mounted u.s. park police officers and others in riot gear and on foot all converging on mcpherson square, they set up temporary fences an went about clearing out what camping gear there was here. that means taking down the so-called tent of dreams also, which is just a tarp draped over the statute of the center of the squa
in maryland. here is chris gordon. >> maryland governor martin o'malley proposes shifting the burden of teacher pensions from the state to the counties and cities. this is chris gordon in annapol annapolis. local lawmakers say that could cause layoffs, cutter is advices and hurt the children. i will have a report ahead. >>> also at 6:00, tell you what's next for the win of this year's westminster dog show. she kind of looks like a mop without a stick, doesn't she? >> i just want to get a flowby out and buzz that off. >> looks like she is from another planet. >> dust your floors for you. >> you know. >> see ya. >> see you guys at 6:00. >> yes, we will. >>> first lady michelle obama is calling on all states to help uprooted military spouses pursue their careers. mrs. obama joined secretary of defense leon panetta today for the announcement at the pentagon a new report shows military spouses are ten times more likely to move across state lines. more than one-third of them have trouble landing jobs because their careers, including nursing, teaching and law require state certification. th
's life. chris gordon is on the scene with more. >>> it's the granddaughter trying to save her grandmother, jim. maryland law requires that stores sell fire safe cigarettes. officials tell me that the victim here, the grandmother, was smoking a fire safe cigarette but was smoking in bed. which shows that fire safe cigarettes are not fire proof. the montgomery county fire and rescue station is just a short distance from the apartment building where the fire was reported, but in that short time the fire had burned itself out but not before leaving charlotte wilson with injuries that would be fatal. she leaves a large and loving family. >> she'll be missed so much. you know, she has eight grand kids and, you know, they loved her dearly. >> she will be missed for her support she provided me on the days i would call her and just talk to her and she was very loving and understanding and always had an open ear for me and my times that i needed to speak with her. >> charlotte wilson suffered severe burns from the flames that spread among clothes on the floor of her bedroom. a smoke detector awoke
of the holy books. >>> hello, everybody. welcome to "news4 today." i'm angie goff. >> i'm chris gordon. here's a look at your "news4 today." seven firefighters recovering after battling a house fire in riverdale, maryland, one firefighter in critical condition, another in serious condition with major burns. a third firefighter has breauxen ribs, while the other 4 have been treated and released from the hospital. >>> families mourn two marine officers killed in a crash. they were two of seven service members who died in a training exercise. both attended the naval academy. captain quinn will be buried in arlington cemetery and the major will be buried in connecticut. >>> maryland's governor will sign the same sex marriage bill into law next week. opponents are already planning a petition drive that would force the measure to a referendum on november's ballot. >>> in our area, parking comes at a premium. many of us pay for parking outside of our very own homes, but say suddenly someone starts towing your car legally from your parking space? it's a nightmare district heights residents are livin
>>> good sunday morning, everybody. i'm angie goff. >> and i'm chris gordon. welcome to "news4 today" on sunday, february 26th. now, if the winds kept you up last night, you're certainly not alone. >> yeah, that's right. we had gusts last night that topped 30 miles per hour. the winds even knocked out the traffic lights near wisconsin avenue and brandywine street in northwest washington, this created a traffic nightmare. this morning, those winds have died down, but it remains quite chilly outside. >> some of the businesses in that area actually were operating without power. >> i know, and a lot of people -- i witnessed the four-way stop, as you should, when the traffic lights are out. >> important to remember that. >> oh, absolutely, to avoid any accidents early. but meanwhile, today, like we said, the wind gusts are behind us, but the cold certainly is not. >> no, no, no. we're just now -- well, it kind of sort of is, but not untyrell. >> okay. >> it's cold outside, don't be fooled by that. a little chill this morning, but the winds are definitely becoming less and less of a
>>> good morning and welcome to "news 4 today." i'm chris gordon. >> and i'm angie goff. it's sunday, february 12th. >>> this morning, the music world is mourning a major loss. >> superstar and pop diva whitney houston died. her bodyguard found houston unconscious in her hotel room in beverly hills yesterday afternoon. paramedics couldn't revive her. she was in town for the grammys. singer jennifer hudson is expected to perform a musical tribute to houston at the grammy awards ceremony tonight. jinah kim has the latest now on the investigation. ♪ hear me now ♪ >> reporter: she was the undisputed queen of the charts through the '80s and '90s. she then reigned over the big screen in blockbuster hits like "the bodyguard." saturday afternoon, it was her bodyguard who found whitney houston dead in her beverly hills hotel room. >> they found ms. houston unresponsive in her hotel room. they attempted to start resuscitation measures. they were not successful, unfortunately. >> reporter: detectives who continued their investigation through the night say there are no indications i
:26 on this saturday, february out fort4th. i'm chris gordon. park police some wearing riot gear have entered occupy d.c. camp at mcpherson square, forcing protesters to remove camping gear from their tents which violate park rules. so far, no reports of violent conflicts this morning. it began around 6:00 a.m. the protesters were forced to take down the tent of dreams, a blue tarp draped around the statute of general mcpherson. the raid comes days after they said they would enforce the rules. the campers will be allowed to stay in the park but cannot set ♪ ♪ [ multiple sounds making melodic tune ] ♪ [ male announcer ] at northrop grumman, every innovation, every solution, comes together for a single purpose -- to make the world a safer place. that's the value of performance. northrop grumman. >>> how will our weekend weather affect you if you're driving to a super bowl party. to chuck bell. >> hi. we have chances for rain and a little bit of snow this weekend. nothing much in terms of accumulations. by the time you head out to your super bowl parties tomorrow afternoon, the weather will be impr
and on lawns. good morning. it is 7:56 on saturday, february 11th. i'm chris gordon. topping your news for today. friends and family of a transgender woman will lay her to rest. miss jones was stabbed to death and will be laid to rest on east c capitol street in d.c. montgomery was arrested but at this point they're not saying if it's related to other transgender crimes in the d.c. area. >>> maryland is inching towards same sex marriage. governor martin spoke to two state committees arguing it would help provide kids with stable homes. the house judiciary committee as well the state's health and government operations committee are both hearing arguments for and against same sex marriage. last year, the maryland senate approved the legislation but the bill stalled in the house. >>> meteorologist chuck bell has a look >>> good saturday morning. i'm meteorological chuck bell. one batch of rain and snow is moving through the area in parts of southern maryland and towards solomon's island. a little break in the action late this morning. more snow across west virginia coming in later this af
>>> good morning, everyone. i'm angie goff. >> and i'm chris gordon. welcome to "news 4 today" on this sunday, february 5th. >>> right now, the occupy d.c. camp is quiet after a hectic day yesterday that included a u.s. park police officer getting hit in the face with a brick. news 4's darcy spencer has more in a news 4 exclusive. >> reporter: this u.s. park police officer was injured after being hit in the face by a brick at the occupy d.c. encampment at mcpherson square. this exclusive video shows he needed help walking to an awaiting suv. police have arrested and charged the brick-thrower, described as one of the protesters, with assault with a deadly weapon. the assault happened on a day when u.s. park police swept the encampme encampment, arriving before dawn on horseback. police in hazmat suits began clearing trash, debris and tents deemed to be health hazards. protesters say their personal property was seized and ransacked. >> they told us this morning that they weren't going to be removing tents that were in compliance, but that seems to have been a lie. >> reporter: b
after she set her apartment on fire because she smoked in bed. news 4's chris gordon talked to neighbors in takoma park who knew the 56-year-old victim. chris? >> reporter: the flames were deadly, but there is no sign whatsoever on this apartment building that there was a fatal fire here in the early morning hours. emergency crews responded from a short distance away to the desperate call of a teenager trying to save her grandmot
to a hospital where he died of what the medical examiner ruled to be natural causes. news 4's chris gordon talked with webb's coach and his teammates. >> reporter: they're among the most dominant football teams in the region and one of the reasons this year was the play of senior lineman rico webb who wade 365 pounds and stood 6'7" tall. february began with national signing day as rico webb accepted a football scholarship to play for
controversial letters to go home with students last week. >> news 4's chris gordon reports on why the school system says despite the potentially inflammatory content their hands were tied. this is interesting. >> good evening. students and parents want to know why these letters were sent home, offering to help gaze who want to overcome their feelings. the montgomery county public schools are bound by law to distribute these pamphlets as a result of a lawsuit decided years ago. it was at this student town meeting that superintendent joshua starr got a question that came in through twitter, asking why the pamphlet was sent home with students from five schools including einstein high school in kensington. the pamphlet says, ex-gays demonstrate that those with same sex attractions can seek help and information, overcoming their feelings. dr. starr was asked if he was aware of and if he approved of the flyers' distribution. >> i find the actions of pfox to be reprehensible and deplorable. we are bound by law. >> dr. star says as a result of a lawsuit, montgomery county public schools are required
cruiser. that's the latest live from maryland in anne arundel county. chris gordon, news 4. >>> there was also some violence -- a violent incident on a road in hagerstown, police say that jerry jordan beat another driver with his walking stick. they also say that jordan tried to run the other car off the road several times. this was yesterday near route 65 and i-70. he has been charged with assault of a frederick man. >>> it will be six months tomorrow since that magnitude 5.8 earthquake in virginia that rattled nerves around our region and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. at least 15 million of that near the washington cathedral where stone masons are involved in a lengthy and costly restoration process. >> reporter: carvers have begun the intricate and tedious task of restoration. >> there's a lot to do, and it can be daunting. >> reporter: sean callahan is one of two carvers carefully repairing, restoring and re-creating the precious pieces of the cathedral damaged by last fall's earthquake. it's a daunting task. >> if we break it down like one at a time
. >> it's one solution to a sticky problem. in beltsville, maryland chris gordon, news 4. >> cleanup costs can be up to $10,000 depending on the size of the job and the amount of gum. >>> a warning for those of you who have trouble sleeping. if you look to popular sleep aids to help you get some rest, you could be raising your risk of an earlier death. p researchers at scripps health in san diego analyzed patients over two years, about 10,000 of the patients took ambien or lunesta. the death rate was with four times higher for people who took the sleeping pill. their risk for cancer also increased. the finding dozen not prove that sleeping pills lead to the problems, but the medication has been shown to cause drowsiness and depression which could play a role. >>> we're going to hear from the local marine who hit the jackpot playing the penny slots in vegas, and what he plans to do next. >>> a vegas style casino could be coming to prince georges county, and local leaders want to hear what you think about the idea. >>> a wild scene at the daytona 500. how lauchb dri detergent saved the day.
homes for abused dogs. >>> it's 9:30. welcome to "news4 today." i'm chris gordon. >> and i'm angie goff. taking a look at some of the top stories this morning, two of seven prince george's county firefighters hurt while battling a fire remain in critical but stable condition. fire investigators say the strong wind helped fuel the fire at a house on 57th avenue in riverdale friday night. there's still no word what sparked that fire. >>> in syria, voters have the chance to create a multiparty system, giving them a voice against president bashar al assad. assad's opponents say this is simply a ploy to quiet critics, and they demand he resign. the united nations says his government forces have killed more than 5,000 people since last march. >>> moments ago, former south african president nelson mandela got out of the hospital. the 93-year-old had a minor surgery to determine the source of a stomach ailment. the procedure involves using a thin tube to look at abdominal organs. a government statement said the procedure did not show a serious problem. >>> montgomery county police need your hel
morning once again. i'm chris gordon. >> and i'm angie goff. welcome to "news 4 today." taking a look at the morning's top stories. memorial services for whitney houston continue this morning in new jersey with her burial. yesterday, family and friends honored the singer's life at the funeral. it was held at the same church houston attended as a child. >>> jury deliberations will begin on wednesday in the murder trial of a former university of virginia lacrosse player. george huguely is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, yeardley love, in may of 2010. the 24-year-old from chevy chase, maryland, faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted of the most serious count of first-degree murder. >>> prince george's county police have one person in custody after they say he shot four people and led officers on a car chase from maryland to virginia. it happened in district heights this morning. all four victims have nonlife-threatening injuries. >>> if people have been sleeping in and just joining us, they want to know about the weather. >> the clouds are in place after a break or tw
crime. chris gordon will have more on the proposed penalty and how one victim feels coming up on news4 at 6:00 tonight. >>> there is a political tug-of-war between prince georges county and fairfax county and both competing to be the new home of the fbi. "washington post" columnist steven pearlstein fanned flames when he called fairfax county "piggy" about winning every last job and dollar of tax revenue. piggy, he says. fairfax county says they are trying to go after businesses that would revitalize the springfield area. prince georges county executive baker says it is his county's turn to cash in. >> if you look at what the government has said they are looking for in terms of availability around a metro site, the ability to be in a place that is going to expand, prince georges county has all of that. >> the fbi says it wants a location that is close to metro and the beltway. it is planning to leave its current headquarters in d.c. in the next few years. >>> when we come back on news4 at 5:00 tonight, instead of candy or soda, a college decides to sell the morning after pill in vendin
:26 on this saturday, february 25th. i'm chris gordon. topping your "news4 today," a developing story in prince george's county. seven firefighters are recovering after battling a house fire. it happened in maryland. one firefighter remains in critical condition, another in serious condition with major burns. a third firefighter is hospital lights with broken ribs and the other four have been treated and at the hospital. investigators are still working ♪ [ male announcer ] from our nation's networks... ♪ ...to our city streets... ♪ ...to skies around the world... ♪ ...northrop grumman's security solutions are invisibly atork, protecting people's lives... [ soldier ] move out! [ male announcer ] ...without their even knowing it. that's the value of performance. northrop grumman. break. >>> a pretty looking day outside this morning. menfy of sunshine. a little on the chilly side and a whole lot on the windy side as you make your plans to get outside and enjoy your saturday. mostly mid-and upper 30s in fairfax and prince george's county and northern maryland, where temperatures are close to the f
. reporting tonight live from takoma park, chris gordon, news 4. >>> a 2-year-old girl lost her battle after she suffered a critical injury in a house fire last week in district heights. mariah kendrahood died yesterday afternoon. three adults and a 9-year-old boy managed to escape early friday morning. the family was asleep when the blaze broke out. a working smoke alarm alerted them to the fire. fire investigators have ruled the fire accidental caused by an unattended piece of food in the kitchen. >>> in fairfax county police are trying to figure out how a taxi cab managed to land in the patio area of this apartment in annandale. it happened shortly after noon today in the 7600 block of allman drive. when chopper 4 got to the scene crews had installed temporary wood panels until the damage can be repaired. the driver of the cab suffered minor injuries. it is not clear if anyone was home at the time but two women who lived in the apartment have to move out. the red cross is helping them find temporary shelter until they can move back in. >> the jury starts deliberating on wednesday in the t
'm andrew gross and that's your look at "the week ahead." >>> welcome to "news 4 today." i'm chris gordon. >> and i'm angie goff. our big story this morning, the death of whitney houston. >> the pop icon was found dead in her los angeles hotel room last night. nbc's jinah kim is live in hollywood this morning. what's the mood out there, jinah? >> reporter: well, chris, we're in beverly hills, actually, at the beverly hilton, and whitney houston was staying at the beverly hilton. by now, the crowds have really dissipated, but even as of 2:00 this morning, about four hours ago, there was still a throng of people, fans, celebrity, police, and it was really interesting because they were silence tansly mourning and celebrating her while investigating her. in fact, police wrapped up a ten-hour investigation before they took off earlier this morning without saying a word to reporters. there still remains a little memorial and a candlelight vigil with flowers over there on the corner of wilshire and santa monica. that is growing, obviously, this morning, but we don't expect too much more police a
who pace for teacher pension bus everyone is not on board with this plan. chris gordon has mix reed action from annapolis. >> reporter: maryland governor martin o'malley says they have to continue to make choices in spending doubts remove an era of recession. maryland schools have been named number one four years in a row because of the state's investment and now asking local governments to help pay teacher pensions. >> our proposal balances this responsibility 5050 between the state and the counties. >> reporter: both the month come rained prince georges county executives say that governor o'malley's map to shift the payment of teacher pensions from the state to the counties is too big a burden ton bear. the government is cycle maryland motorists to pay more at the pump. the price of gas could go up 21 cents a gallon is'6% sales stacks applied gas purchases. i think the bottom line is we need to significantly improve the transportation in the state of maryland. >> reporter: senator ej pip ken gave the republican response to the state of the union. >> the governor's gas tax increase
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